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    Anticipation For Stumptown

    ‘Stumptown’ Spotlights Female Veterans And Indigenous Women; Cobie Smulders Addresses Character’s Bisexuality
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    Masterchef (AU)

    Wouldn't miss George's presence at all if he's booted over the wage stuff. It shouldn't be forgotten that he was not only a multi-millionaire stiffing his workers, but was using his fame to actively campaign to cut weekend and holiday penalty rates for workers across the country. He at least claims it isn't -- seems to suggest he was just sick of running a fine dining establishment. Certainly I think the Press Club was getting a little dated, whether that was effecting the bottom line or not. It specialized a long time in very wanky, gimmicky gastronomy dishes that have largely fallen out of fashion in favor of farm-to-table stuff. I see they'd backed off that recently, but then I have to imagine it wound up more like his more laid-back Greek restaurants and not so unique. Regardless, after 13 years, it wasn't a place the foodie crowd was falling all over themselves to get into. Even when I left Melbourne almost a decade ago, Hellenic Republic was the far buzzier of his spots. Anyway he says he is replacing it with a less fancy, less Greek concept soon. Seems like a ... bad time for an opening though. I don't imagine anyone important will want to be seen there right now.
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    Masterchef (AU)

    Kinda. I'm not not watching it, but finding it hard to get excited about anyone.
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    Masterchef (AU)

    Ben: I just can't wait to go an do an internship! Cut to: Ben, a 24-year-old with zero culinary experience, is now planning a taco stand. I'm Larissa's biggest critic, but I thought tiramisu was actually a pretty clever use of the stale bread, and the dish looked tasty. Still, Simon one was the one who really nailed the challenge. I'm warming to him.
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    Masterchef (AU)

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    Masterchef (AU)

    I think most western countries have a Milo equivalent (and Milo itself is very popular in much of Asia) -- like Ovaltine and Nestle Quik. Speaking of, there were some pretty uncreative uses of Milo. Milo ice cream already exists! No panna cottas at least, but the ice cream/mousse/sorbet + tuile/praline + crumb/compote thing is just as common and equally lazy. Bake an effing cake, you cowards. The contestants trying to do talking heads for the best-selling ingredients box cracked me up. "Yep... those are common ingredients." "Nothing in here surprised me." I don't think I know the difference between Nicole and Tessa.
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    Masterchef (AU)

    Contestants: George, does this have sugar in it? George: *reads the ingredients* Yes. Contestants: Thank god George is here to guide us! Also, if Sandeep's dish truly didn't taste good, fine, but I can't believe he got rapped for being unoriginal making rice pudding given how many effing panna cottas were in the episode. Larissa and Ben have both made so many, I thought they'd just melt into one giant, wobbly blob when they joined forces. Yeah, no shit they managed to pull off a decent approximation of the simple dish they've already cooked 5,000 times on this show. I swear I remember that in (far) earlier seasons, the judges would eventually start penalizing contestants who made the same things over and over, no? Am I imagining this?
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    Masterchef (AU)

    Gah so many panna cottas. How many has Larissa cooked at this point? And yes, credit to Tim for actually baking something.
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    Masterchef (AU)

    No matter what he does, George will always be my least favorite for underpaying his employees and bitching about penalty rates. I can't believe they made Sandeep come all the way out to the set to film five seconds of him playing his pin! Then tried to be "nice" by letting his sit down! Abbey going was a surprise for sure, especially before people like Ben. I'm still not really sure who's going to end up in the top few, nor who I want to be in there. For all the big name international guests this show gets, Maggie Beer and her weird sack dresses are consistently the most enjoyable presence every year, I think. You can tell the contestants love having her around, and the challenges when she's there always skew to straightforward, honest cooking.
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    The Bold Type

    Love this interview with the actress who plays Kat: It also alerted me to this supercut of every time "the Dot Com" has been mentioned on the show. Meanwhile, that was certainly... an ending. No one at this magazine understands the line between editorial and advertising and they deserve to go out of business.
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    Masterchef (AU)

    It certainly fits the stereotype. To be honest, I don't think the average Australian has any idea how Americans make or serve chili. I was kinda surprised that's what they thought of when they thought of an "American" dish at all -- I reckon most Australians think it's maybe a Mexican thing, and cook a similarly shitty versions (that are basically bolognese) to Tati and Sandeep to stuff in hard-shell tacos with a lot of other ingredients that don't belong in there. I suspect Tati and Sandeep were just stuck for ideas. (That said, I have also had chili with rice in the US, also in NY [which I don't think of as a big "chili" place outside of maybe firehouses?]).
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    Anticipation For Stumptown

    Another love interest? Also, no offense to Jake Johnson, but I'm not sure this proves the previous actors' claim that he was kicked off because he isn't "handsome enough."
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    Masterchef (AU)

    I guess I was wrong, though he wasn't that far behind. When the most interesting thing about you is your girlfriend's grandma, that's a problem. As a vegetarian, I liked Kyle early on because I'd love to see more people, ahem, "hero" vegetables on this show, but he ultimately underwhelmed.
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    Masterchef (AU)

    I guess I can forgive the abundance of panna cotta given the challenge, but could've done without Matt describing it as having a "voluptuous wiggle." Barf. I bet the guy with the "Italian girlfriend" goes, given how little we've seen of him so far.
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    Anticipation For Stumptown

    Well I guess it remains to be seen if she's bi in this (though it's network TV, so...), but yeah, the comic was very female-centric and I suspect ABC will want to stick a lot more dudes in there regardless. I liked the trailer and think this is well cast, but have a feeling it might've been better off in the hands of Netflix or Hulu. In the comics, she's a bisexual veteran with PTSD, drinking and gambling problems. I can see ABC making her just a straight, wisecracking PI who occasionally has a beer after work and one Very Special Episode about war. She'll be brilliant-but-unconventional crime solver paired with the straight-laced male cop, and it'll be all very Castle/Bones/Elementary/Rosewood and case-of-the-week-ish. But hey, please prove me wrong, ABC.
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